MADISON, Wis. By all accounts, Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon possesses the physical attributes necessary to make him the next star in the Badgers loaded backfield. Of course, theres more to football than speed, power and being chiseled like Spartacus.
Gordon, a third-stringer behind Montee Ball and James White, is finding out excelling at the highest level of college football isnt simply handed to anybody.
"Were trying to get him to get to that level," Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said Monday during his weekly press conference. "Montee and James perform the way they do in a game because of the way they practice. Melvin, I think he realizes he has as much ability as those two, but he doesnt practice like those two. And thats the point weve been trying to drive home with him."
Gordon, a redshirt freshman, found himself in Bielemas doghouse during Wisconsins 38-14 victory against Purdue on Saturday when he fumbled on the Badgers third play of the second quarter. The second-...